Top football teams from East Africa are set to battle it out for a chance to play the English Premier League club Everton FC during the annual SportPesa Super Cup.
The tournament will feature eight teams considered as the football giants in the region. They will be drawn from Tanzania and Kenya.
All of the SportPesa Super Cup matches will be played at the refurbished Moi International Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi.
The teams that will participate in the tournament are Zanzibar Premier League's title holders JKU, Tanzania’s giants Yanga SC, Simba SC, Singida United and Kenya’s Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks and Kakamega Homeboyz.
“The tournament’s goal is to bring about enhanced cohesion within the region as well as showcase only the greatest in East African football talent,” SportPesa Director of Administration and Compliance, Tarimba Abbas,said during the competition's launch at the firm's office in Masaki, Dar es Salaam.
“The first edition of the Super Cup tournament was held in Tanzania last year. The winners of the inaugural edition, Gor Mahia, got a chance to play Everton FC at the 60,000-seater National Stadium on July 14. It was Everton FC’s maiden trip to East Africa.”
“The quarter finalists in this knockout tournament will take home US dollars 2,500 (Ksh250,000), the team which will end fourth will earn US dollars 5,000 (Ksh500,000)."
"Outfits which will finish third and second will take home US dollars 7,500 (Ksh750,000) and US dollars 10,000 (Ksh1,000,000) respectively."
The champions, as disclosed by the official, will be given a token of US dollars 30,000 (Ksh3, 000,000) and earn a chance to travel to the United Kingdom in July for a face-off with Everton FC at Goodison Park.”
Simba SC official, Said Tulliy, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to inform Simba's supporters we will be serious contenders for the top honour in the event, we know we got the same oppotrtunity last year, we though made a mess of it, we wouldn't like to repeat the mistake."
“We have prepared for the event and we are ready to see to it we represent Tanzania well in the event. We will field a full squad in sa bid to see to it we win the silverware and face Everton FC."
Yanga SC secretary general, Charles Boniface Mkwasa, said: “Laying our hands on the top honour is our biggest aim so we can regain our status at the international level."
“I thank SportPesa as they have made our team known all over Tanzania. The company is one of our major sponsors and it is something we feel proud to have gained from this firm."
The SportPesa Super Cup is an annual football tournament which pits the best teams in East Africa against one another in one full week of high class football action.
The tournament is intended to bring about enhanced cohesion within the region as well as showcase only the greatest in East African football talent.
As a unique franchise, the Super Cup further serves as a uniting initiative between football fans across the region and to some extent the continent as well.
It targets raising the profile of African football and what the event represents – a sense of pride for all who partake in it.